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Youth unemployment among lowest in OECD.



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28 March 2007

YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG LOWEST IN OECD

International data shows that Australia’s youth unemployment is amongst the lowest in the developed world, Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, said today.

“In February this year only 4.1 per cent of 15 to 19 year olds were unemployed and looking for full-time work,” he said.

“In July 1992 when Labor was last in power, one in every 10 teenagers was unemployed and looking for work. Today only one in 24 teens is looking for a job because many more are in apprenticeships, university, in training or at work.”

Mr Hawker said that, despite this achievement, there is still more to be done and the Australian Government will continue to work until all young people are better off.

“The Australian Government has special programmes to assist young people through Job Network,” he said.

“The great thing about Job Network is that it can help young people regardless of whether they are receiving income support.

“All young people aged between 15 and 24 can get help to look for jobs, prepare a resume or hone their interview skills.

“Many young people in Western Victoria are also benefiting from the Work for the Dole programme. For the year ended June 2006, close to 44 per cent of past Work for the Dole participants aged under 20 were in jobs,” he said.

“For youth who are homeless or have drug or alcohol issues or other significant problems, there is the Job Placement, Employment and Training Programme.

“One of the key concerns we have as a Government is the fact that around 600,000 young people are growing up in households where there is no one with a job. These are mostly single parent families on pensions.

“A young person from a family without a breadwinner is four times more likely to be unemployed themselves.

“The Australian Government is determined to break this cycle of intergenerational unemployment. We are determined that all young Australians get a fair go,” Mr Hawker said.

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